How to install the latest version of GIMP in our Ubuntu

Gimp like Photoshop

Surely many of you miss having Gimp in your distribution or official flavor as well as some will miss having the latest version of this image editor.

The latest version of this popular image editor incorporates quite a few bug fixes, new translations and also support for new plugins, a facet of it that greatly improves the work of many of its users. Having the latest version of GIMP is possible thanks to external repositories.

To install the latest version of GIMP on our Ubuntu or derivativesEither they are official flavors or distributions that are based on Ubuntu, we need to open the terminal and write the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gimp

This will install the latest stable version of GIMP which is version 2.8.20. In addition, this repository has an extra plugin that will facilitate the use of this program, all through the terminal. Something more practical and faster than doing it manually, one after another. For installing these plugins you have to write the following in the terminal:

sudo apt install gimp-plugin-registry gimp-gmic

If for whatever reason we want to delete the repository, we only need to open the terminal and write the following:

sudo apt install ppa-purge ( en caso de no tener este programa)
sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

After this, the added repository will be removed and then Ubuntu will use the official repository to install and manage the updates of this famous application. The process as you can see is simple and easy to do, but keep in mind that the most current version of GIMP does not substantially change the application and it may be a matter of weeks when we receive these versions through the official Ubuntu channel. In any case, the choice is yours and it will depend on how you want to use GIMP.


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  1.   Caesar Salad said

    The latest version, which is the one I have installed, is 2.9.5

  2.   Hexabor of Ur said

    I activated those repositories and version 2.9.5 was downloaded, not 2.8.20 ... In any case 2.9.5 has behaved excellent, very stable despite being under development and testing and it already comes with image support in 16 and 32 bits.

  3.   Enri said

    Thanks it helped me to remove the error:

    "Failed to run child process" gimp-2.8 "(File or directory does not exist)"

    Greetings and blessings.

  4.   efehache said

    It asks me for a password for the user, it seems that it is not the same with which I open what can be done

  5.   Emerson said

    After a long time of trying it, (years) I return to GIMP and I liked its new face, especially its unified window without changing anything
    Let's see if I can learn to do in it what I do in Adobe
    It is the only thing I need to leave windows definitively

  6.   Gabriel said

    I installed the latest version by doing:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa: otto-kesselgulasch / gimp
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install gimp
    And now I can't start it. Do you have to make a new launcher?
    The icons on the panel don't work and the one on the list of programs doesn't work either.
    Thank you

  7.   Limber said

    where the terminals are opened: ??

  8.   Mario said

    Thanks for this entry.
    I have installed version 2.8.22
    I had the 2-8.10
    I want to install BIMP and the more laps I give I can't.
    I have BIMP installed on other PCs without any difficulty and both versions 10 and 22 give me an error when compiling it.
    You could tell me if you know why.
    Thank you again.

  9.   Neli Gosheva said

    Hello, I have tried but I get two errors, that broken packages have been retained and the other is that The repository “cdrom://Ubuntu 20.04 LTS _Focal Fossa_ – Release amd64 (20200423) focal Release” does not have a Release file.
    I would like to know if there is a way to correct the errors or install Gimp in another way. Thank you!